Towing a Person With a Vessel Legally
Vessel operators towing a person(s) on water skis or any similar devices must obey these laws also.
- It is illegal to tow a person(s):
- Within 150 feet of any public dock (other than a ski dock), mooring line, launching ramp, boat, fisherman, swimmer, or any person not also engaged in the same activity
- On a device other than a parasail such that the person becomes airborne
- The person operating the towing vessel must not operate the vessel in a manner that would cause the person or object being towed to collide with any other object or person.
- The vessel operator, water-skier, or person riding on the object being towed:
- Must not manipulate the object so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person.
- Must not be intoxicated due to alcohol or under the influence of any narcotic drug, barbituate, or marijuana.
- Every motorboat (other than a PWC) towing a person(s) on water skis or a similar device must have:
- An observer, in addition to the vessel operator, on board or…
- A device, such as a wide-angle rearview mirror, that gives the operator an unobstructed view of the person or object being towed.